April 29, 2011 12:00AM
Pittsburg State University made sustainability an official part of its future on Thursday, April 29, when the University Strategic Planning Council gave its approval to the addition of sustainability as a sixth goal in the university's strategic plan.
PSU President Steve Scott proposed the sustainability goal several months ago in public campus forums. He told those attending the forums that conserving finite resources and encouraging a campus culture that strives for sustainability is the right thing to do for future generations.
"We have a responsibility to do better. It is extremely important that our efforts are purposeful," Scott said.
Since the forums, a draft of the new goal has circulated around campus for comment.
"I am extremely pleased with the enthusiasm with which the campus has embraced this concept," Scott said. "Clearly the time is right to include sustainability in our planning process."
The new sustainability goal calls for the university to "institutionalize environmental sustainability into all university activities including operations, teaching and learning, discovery and engagement. It joins five established goals:
1. Enhance learner success
2. Enhance discovery and research
3. Enhance engagement and interaction with external stakeholders to stimulate cooperative and progressive growth and development
4. Embrace emerging technologies
5. Obtain the resources necessary to support the university's strategic goals while maintaining sound fiscal management strategies that are clearly articulated to all constituents
The university uses these strategic goals to drive planning across campus and each department and unit measures progress against the goals.
To learn more about PSU's strategic planning, go to http://www2.pittstate.edu/inres/. To view PSU President Scott's forum on the new sustainability goal, visit http://www.pittstate.edu/office/president/speeches/.